Who is the JDETF?

The Jamaica Diaspora Education Task Force (JDETF) was borne out of the 5th Biennial Diaspora Conference held in Montego Bay, Jamaica in 2013, under the leadership of Leo Gilling, the immediate past Diaspora Advisory Board Member for the West/Mid-West USA. The JDETF determined that partnership and collaboration with stakeholders in Jamaica should be included in the plans and mission towards contributing to VISION 2030.


The task force members span the USA, Canada and the UK, and has benefitted from the support, participation and leadership of organizations in the Diaspora such as the Union of Jamaican Alumni Associations (UJAA), Jamaica Impact, Inc. (JAMPACT), Jamaica Awareness Association of California, (JAAC), and in Jamaica from such organizations as the Jamaica Teachers Association, the Ministry of Education (Jamaica) and Sam Sharpe Teachers’ College (SSTC).